Program Schedule

EBACE2016 education sessions will focus on issues of importance to companies operating business aircraft in Europe, including the changing European operating environment, safety management systems, security requirements, airport and transatlantic access issues, and more.

Monday, 23 May 2016

07:30-18:00
Attendee, Exhibitor and Press Registration Open

09:00 – 17:00
International Aircraft Transactions Seminar

Congress Centre, Room C, Lower Level

09:00 – 17:00
EBACE Safety Workshop

Congress Centre, Room K

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

08:00-18:00
Attendee, Exhibitor and Press Registration Open

08:00-18:00
Press Headquarters Open

09:00 – 10:00 EBACE Opening General Session
Congress Center Room B, Palexpo

Speakers: Bassim Haidar – Group CEO, Channel IT Group; Bernard Kouchner – Former French Minister of Foreign & European Affairs in Sarkozy Govt. Authority on the Middle East, Geopolitics and Globalisation ; Patrick Ky – Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency

14:00 – 15:00
State of the Industry: Business as Usual is Not Good Enough

Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo

Since 2009 and its unprecedented downturn, BusAv professionals have hoped that things would return to “normal”. But this has not happened and maybe a new approach is needed. Other sectors in the air transport industry have been faced with similar traumas. How have they coped with it and would such solutions work for us?

Moderator: Richard Koe, WINGX Advance
Panelists: Richard Aboulafia, Teal Group; Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier; Claire Leleu, Eurocontrol; Charles Schlumberger, World Bank

15:15 – 16:15
Climate Change: is Business Aviation on its Way to Keeping its Promises?
Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo

After a hiatus that lasted a couple of years, things have accelerated yet again on the environmental front. After heated debates at COP-21 in Paris in November 2015, all eyes are now on ICAO to see if a global deal for aviation CO2 emissions can yet be clinched. But will it live up to expectations and what are the plans for business aviation and small emitters in general? Meanwhile, the industry hasn’t simply waited but has a number of initiatives underway.

Moderator: Rick Adams, AeroPerspectives
Panelists: Kurt Edwards, IBAC; Charles Etter, Gulfstream; Michael Gill, ATAG; Merel Laroy, Sky NR’G; Marco Remiorz , Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

16:00 – 17:00
Capacity and Connectivity: Satellite-Based Technologies to the Rescue
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

The Commission’s Aviation Strategy is a welcome attempt at improving the competitiveness of the European air transport industry. But detractors criticize both its lack of internal focus and the imbalance of the measures proposed, as it notoriously favor major airlines and airports but does little for general aviation. The capacity crunch is a case in point. Regional airports, somehow neglected in the document, could yet play a vital role in alleviating traffic at major hubs if they were correctly used. For instance thanks to the use of modern satellite-based technologies enabling precision approaches, Europe could quickly, safely and cost efficiently improve considerably the use of its airports grid, and hence boost its connectivity. But the political will so far is lagging…

Moderator: Brian Humphries, EBAA
Panelists: Aline Bovier, Sion Airport; Laurent Delétraz, Skyguide ; Gian Gherardo Calini, GSA; Pascal Lhoest, Netjets

17:00 – 18:00
IBAC Branding and ISBAO/ISBAH Appreciation
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone Palexpo

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

08:30-18:00
Attendee, Exhibitor and Press Registration Open

08:30-18:00
Press Headquarters Open

8:30 – 16:00
Gulfstream Operators Forum
Room K Palexpo

The program will consist of brief updates and technical presentations on current maintenance and operational issues, including fleet status, maintenance management, technical training and pending technical bulletins. A review and formal introduction of our fleet support services will also be conducted to ensure you are leveraging all available support offerings. A question-and-answer period hosted by our Technical Operations experts via live feed from Gulfstream’s Studio G in Savannah, Georgia, will ensure all of your technical and support questions are answered. The program will include a special session designed to focus on tips for controlling maintenance and operational costs – the recurring expenses of time and materials that can be avoided through better operating and maintenance practices. 

We encourage all Gulfstream operators, both maintenance and pilot personnel, to register to attend this session. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Banks + 1 912 358 8493 or brittany.banks@gulfstream.com.

10:00 – 11:00
Big is Beautiful: Will Consolidation in BusAv Accelerate and, if so, with what Consequences?
Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo

Amidst economic ups and downs, largely matched by traffic levels, consolidation is unfolding at a pace never seen before in the sector. For long, pundits believed the specificities of business aviation would act as barriers to large-scale M&As, but recent transactions have paved the way to new business models. Will Business Aviation follow the same route as other sectors, with the emergence of multinational businesses? If so, will they deliver positive synergies and economies of scale, or are there hidden obstacles that will prevent the sector enjoying the benefits of consolidation?

Moderator: Taunya Renson-Martin, MachMedia
Speakers: Mark Johnstone, BBA Aviation Flight Support; Patrick Hansen, Luxaviation Group; Joe McDermott, Global FBO Consult; Laura Pierallini, Studio Pierallini; Greg Thomas, PrivatAir

10:00 – 11:00
Pop-up Session on the Zika Virus
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

The outbreak of the Zika virus has led to the development of increased security protocols in several countries. Learn the new regulations and how to comply.

Keynote Speaker Michael Braida, MedAire
Speakers: Chris Wheatley, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

11:15 – 12:15
Just Culture, Unjust Application: What is Currently Being Done to Deploy It?
Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo

It is often taken for granted, but the concept of “Just Culture” is often misunderstood. Indeed, it is also interpreted differently according to the cultural background of the country or the company implementing it. Learn what is being done to promote its application not only within the industry, but also outside it.

Moderator: Cees Jan Meeuwis, Griffith University
Speakers: Giancarlo Buono, IATA; Marco Merens, ICAO; Kate Lang, FAA EMEA; Razvan Prunean, EBAA

14:00 – 15:00
EBACE Coffee Social
Hall 4, EBAA & NBAA Stands A029 & A041

Join us for coffee, networking and a sweet treat.  Have your commemorative photo taken at the EBACE photo booth and connect with industry peers and decision makers. Members of EBAA and NBAA staff will be available to answer your questions and help you learn how membership can help make your business even more successful.

14:00 – 15:00
Pilatus Maintenance & Operations Seminar
Room S Palexpo

14:15 – 15:15
Shortage of Skills in Aviation in Europe: Myth or Reality?
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

This question has traditionally not been at the top of the business aviation agenda. But more and more stakeholders within the business aviation value chain have started to realize that finding and hiring the skilled workforce they need to succeed – pilots, engineers, admin, etc. – was becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. Is this really a problem and, if so, what can the sector do to meet its needs in the years ahead?

Moderator: Christian Weiss, Hay Group
Speakers: Marc Bailey, BBGA; Sheryl Barden, President and CEO, Aviation Personnel International; Rosalind Azouzi, Royal Aeroanutical Society; Dimitrios Sanos, IATA; Jonathan Nicol, Stratajet

15:30 – 17:00
Women in Aviation Networking Event
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

After a first successful event last year, EBACE is holding an event for the second time dedicated to female aviation professionals, still an unacceptably small minority in business aviation, for them to meet, mingle, and share their experience with the younger generation. They will do so around themes, moderated by well-recognized female leaders. This is of course not an exclusive event, and men encouraged also to join the debate on why women in key positions continue to be relatively few in the sector and how balance can be restored.

Introduction & Welcome Speech Brian Humphries, EBAA; Karin Muller, WCA; Lisa Piccione, IAWA
Tables of Discussion

  • Entrepreneurship in Business Aviation, Gabriella Somerville, MD of ConnectJets
  • Careers & Management, Catherine Lang, FAA
  • Public Affairs, coordinated by Regula Dettling-Ott, Lufthansa Group
  • Shortage of Skills & Future Workforce, Lisa Piccione

Conclusion & Wrap-Up Giulia Mauri, Pierstone; Martine Wellens, EBAA

16:00 – 17:00
Industry Standards
Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo

Moderator: Kurt Edwards, IBAC
Speakers: Helena Azevedo, NetJets; Bernhard Fragner, GlobeAir AG; Terry Yeomans, Sonnie Bates, IBAC

17:15 – 19:00
YoPro Session & Networking Event
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

Join us for the second Young Professionals Networking Event at EBACE2016. Young business aviation professionals should attend and take advantage of valuable opportunities like networking with established professionals, connecting with career mentors, having exposure to a wide range of aviation backgrounds, and building a better understanding of the business aviation industry. This is addressing under 35 mostly, although anyone young at heart will be warmly welcomed.

Moderators: Lowen Baumgarten, NBAA; Bianca Dorneanu, EBAA
Speakers: Rohan Mark Jayawardene – Diamonté Jets, CEO; David G. Shannon, Partner | Chair, Business Aviation Practice, Lewis Brisbois; Diana Zuluaga – JET D’OR, Inc. Co-Founder

Thursday, 26 May 2016

08:30-16:00
Attendee, Exhibitor and Press Registration Open

08:30-16:00
Press Headquarters Open

10:00 – 11:00
Skills & Careers
Hall 5 Inspiration Zone F017 Palexpo

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about business aviation and were afraid to ask. A session for students considering a career or for those curious to know more about the opportunities in business aviation. Industry insiders will shed light on what it takes to work in the sector.

Moderator: Christian Weiss, Hay Group
Speakers: Margriet Bredewold, Co-Guard GmbH; Nikki Heath, Resource Group; Peter Korns, National Business Aviation Association

10:30 – 11:30
Business Aviation around the World
Hall 3 Room Q Palexpo